Devils honor West Orange man as a ‘Healthcare Hero’

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NEWARK, NJ — The New Jersey Devils hosted Healthcare Hero Night, presented by RWJBarnabas Health, on Saturday, March 13, during their game against the New York Islanders. The Devils recognized front-line health care workers, including doctors, nurses, patient representatives, security guards, social workers, hospital food services and hospital housekeeping staff, among others, who continue to tirelessly protect New Jersey and keep communities safe throughout the pandemic.

Among those honored was West Orange resident John Tirado, a radiation therapist at Saint Barnabas Medical Center. Tirado, also a U.S. Navy veteran, was recognized for his tireless efforts throughout the pandemic. 

“We continue to work closely with the New Jersey Devils to ensure effective health and safety protocols are in place as fans return to Prudential Center,” said Barry Ostrowsky, president and CEO of RWJBarnabas Health. “Healthcare Hero Night is a meaningful opportunity to recognize the selfless and heroic efforts of our front-line workers, who work tirelessly every day to keep our communities safe.”

“As we welcome fans back into Prudential Center for games, and acknowledge the one-year anniversary of the NHL’s 2020 season suspension, we are more mindful and appreciative than ever of the important role front-line health care workers have played in supporting and protecting our communities and fans these many months,” New Jersey Devils President Jake Reynolds said. “As always, we are humbled to share our gratitude for their service and impact, and grateful we can do so within the walls of Prudential Center at a home game, alongside our passionate Devils fans, where they belong.”

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